10:10 pm
November 5

Pacers @ Trail Blazers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Indiana Pacers (3-6)

@ Portland Trail Blazers (3-5)


Current odds:

Indiana Pacers: (+170)

Portland Trail Blazers: (-190)


The line for this game is Blazers by 5 points.

Damian Lillard will once again attempt to relocate his shooting touch when the Portland Trail Blazers host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. A six-time All-Star known for his long-range bombing, Lillard has connected on just 35.3 percent of his field-goal attempts through Portland’s first eight games. He has been even more anemic from 3-point range, making just 23.4 percent (18 of 77).

Lillard’s start has been so dismal that Wednesday’s shaky 10-of-27 shooting (37 percent) is his third best of the campaign. But the last shot was the most painful, as Lillard missed a 3-pointer at the end of the team’s 107-104 road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 26-point effort was the highest of the season for Lillard, who is averaging 19.5 points this season after putting up 28.8 per game last season and 30.0 the previous campaign.

Portland is back at home briefly for games against the Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday after an 0-3 road trip.

Norman Powell (season-best 23 points) and McCollum (21) joined Lillard in topping the 20-point mark against Cleveland.

The Pacers have won back-to-back games following a 1-6 start.

Indiana is opening a four-game road trip and beginning a stretch in which it plays eight of its next 10 on the road.

Big man Myles Turner had a stellar outing in Wednesday’s 111-98 home win over the New York Knicks as he knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers while recording 25 points and a season-best 13 rebounds. The long-range barrage was stunning, as Turner entered the contest with 11 made 3-pointers on the season.

Caris LeVert added 21 points while playing in the same game as Malcolm Brogdon (17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) for the first time this season. LeVert missed the first six games of the season due to a stress fracture in his back, while Wednesday’s game marked Brogdon’s return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for three games. LeVert thought the duo had a solid effect on the defensive end in a contest in which New York made just 5 of 24 3-point attempts.

The Pacers aren’t dreading this visit to Portland as much as most years because they notched a convincing 111-87 victory in last season’s stop. That ended an 11-game slide in Portland dating back to a victory on Nov. 28, 2007.

StreakSmarter Pick
Portland Trail Blazers